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Top 10 Things to Do in Westminster

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This post covers the top 10 things to do in the City of Westminster. 

We also offer several other posts that could be of help.

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1 - Go Sightseeing

The City of Westminster is the most target-rich area for major tourist attractions and a great place to go sightseeing.

We offer a pay-what-you-wish guided walking tour (our Royal London Tour) most days of the week as well as a GPS-led audio tour that you could take any time you wish.

Westminster is also home to many Harry Potter sights and we have a tour for this as well.

There are also hop-on-hop-off bus tours that make. 

2 – Sit in the Public Galleries at the Houses of Parliament

The clock tower housing Big Ben is attached to the Houses of Parliament – which is open to visitors to tour!

Whenever either the House of Commons or House of Lords are in session, it’s free for the public to go inside and sit in the public galleries.

In fact, it's one of our picks for the best free things to do in London.

3 – Take a Tour of Westminster Abbey

There are tours of Westminster Abbey available daily, but there is a way to enter for free.

Westminster Abbey Tickets

Throughout the day on Sunday, Westminster Abbey is open for services.

Members of the public can attend for the purpose of worshiping without paying an entrance fee.

Please note that attending a service here does not give access to walk throughout the church and visit the monuments, but will give guests the opportunity to sit in the central nave.

4 – Watch the Changing of the Guard

Some of the best free entertainment around, the Changing of the Guard takes place every day in summer (May, June, July) and every other day the rest of the year.

Get yourself to Buckingham Palace well before the official start time of 11:30, or take a look at our guide on how to get the best experience.

Speaking of Buckingham Palace, did you know that you could tour the palace, galleries, and stables

5 - Embark on a Thames River Cruise

There are a couple of landings in Westminster used by riverboats to tour the Thames.

There are many types of boat cruises for you to choose from.

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Cruises
  • Tourist Cruises
  • Speed Boat Thrill Rides
  • Lunch and Dinner Cruises

Read our post reviewing the different cruises available to you.

6 – See the Churchill War Rooms

Where Winston Churchill won the war and led the heads of the armed forces during World War II, the Cabinet War Rooms here are comprised of the underground bunker where Churchill worked – and occasionally lived – during the war.

Somewhat of a time capsule, the War Rooms are open to the public who have bought tickets and also includes a museum dedicated to the life of Churchill himself.

Our post provides tips on tickets, discounts, and generally planning a visit.

7 - Take a Ride on the London Eye

At 135 m (443 ft) in height, this tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe was originally built for the Millennium celebrations in 2000.

Riders get great views of London in a climate-controlled car.

Not technically in the City of Westminster, the London Eye is just a short walk from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

8 – Visit the London Dungeon

The London Dungeon recreates various macabre historical events with interactive exhibits, thrilling rides and a dose of gallows humor.

Like the London Eye, the London Dungeon is just across the Thames River from Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster.

Get our tips on ticket discounts and planning your visit.

9 – See the Household Cavalry and Take a Photo

Head to Horseguards, near Horseguards Parade, in Whitehall to get a glimpse of the Household Cavalry.

Horse Guards Whitehall

Made up of two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Household Cavalry are on guard here and there is also a museum dedicated to them.

Read more here.

10 – See Big Ben 

The most famous clock in the world, Big Ben is a ‘must-see’ for any visit to London!

Actually the name of the BELL inside the clock tower, Big Ben rings at the top of every hour.

Well, it's supposed to ring daily at 12:00 noon, but it is currently under construction. Both the bells and tours are suspended till 2021.

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About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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